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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

5-0
04 September 2022 Venue Court Place Farm Attendance 227

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Oxford United
5 - 0
Cheltenham Town Ladies
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  • 27
    Kite
    GK
  • 8
    Stevens
    DF
  • 6
    Casley
    DF
  • 5
    Beaver
    DF
  • 3
    Provan
    DF
  • 4
    Haynes (C)
    MF
  • 10
    Cole
    MF
  • 19
    Burridge
    MF
  • 17
    King
    MF
  • 9
    Johns
    FW
  • 7
    McLachlan
    FW

Substitutes

  • 21
    Wynne
    SUB
  • 14
    Gray
    SUB
  • 12
    Hartigan
    SUB
  • 20
    Joslyn
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Liam Gilbert

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Match Previews

Women Face Cheltenham Town Ladies

U's look to continue unbeaten start

1 September 2022

Oxford United Women will look to continue their perfect start to the season at Court Place Farm on Sunday the against newly promoted Cheltenham Town.

Kick-off is at 2 PM and tickets will be priced at: Adults £6 / Concessions £3 / U16s FREE

Oxford go into the game off the back of three successive victories without conceding, the only team in the league to do so.

Forward Daisy McLachlan, who played 70 minutes on Sunday and opened her account for the season in a full 90 on Tuesday night is looking forward to some recovery time.

“A well-deserved rest is definitely on the cards then we can go into Sunday feeling fully fit and fresh. It’s going to be another hard game, but we are going to be at home so we want to make sure we can continue the unbeaten success we’ve had here, keeping clean sheets and being clinical. We’ll go into it the same as we have with all the games and hopefully come back with 3 points again.”

Cheltenham Town have also started the season well, winning both their opening games. They opened the season with a 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle and continued that success against Billericay Town, winning 2-1 last Sunday. However they were beaten 2-1 at MK Dons last night.

Women’s Manager Liam Gilbert said:

“The squad and staff have been brilliant. We didn’t get back until 10:30 on Sunday night, they had a day to recover, and then they put in a performance like that against London Bees. I’m really happy with everyone and they fully deserve a day off.”

“Every game this year is going to be tough, they’ve started 2 from 2. They won their league last season and have continued that positive momentum and they’ve got some really good players and are a really organised team. We know to expect a tough game and we can hopefully give a good account of ourselves.”

The U’s had a perfect August and will hope to carry that momentum into September.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United Women 5 Cheltenham Town Ladies 0

Women continue perfect start

4 September 2022

Oxford United Women maintained their perfect start to the season with a sensational 5-0 victory over Cheltenham Town Ladies this afternoon.

Leah Burridge opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and then doubled her tally for the game in the 19th. Riva Casley scored the third on 23 minutes and Carly Johns added a fourth with 36 minutes on the clock. Johns then scored the fifth with 25 minutes left to play.

Jaime Gotch started her first game of the season replacing Cat Beaver in the starting line-up, and Sarah King came back into the starting eleven, with Jess Gray placed on the bench.

It was a slightly slower start to the game than Oxford has been used to of late; Johns had a few chances in the first ten but couldn’t find the target but then Daisy McLachlan won the ball high up the pitch. Her pass just missed Johns but found Burridge on the edge of the box, who rifled the ball high into the Cheltenham net for her fourth of the season. 1-0 Oxford.

United stepped it up and doubled their lead within minutes. Shelly Provan went on a marauding run from left-back and her fantastic cross found Burridge at the back stick. In her form, she was never going to miss and calmly headed home for Oxford's second.

In the 23rd minute, the Yellows were 3-0 up. Naomi Cole's free-kick was met by Casley who towered above the Robinesses' defence and nodded the ball in off the crossbar for her second of the season and United’s third.
Then, with ten minutes left of the half, Johns got in on the action. United’s number 9 found hersel one on one with the keeper and was composure personified, delightfully chipping Aimee Watson and scoring Oxford’s fourth. If the game wasn’t already put to bed, it was now.

Cheltenham had their best chance of the half shortly after when Jade Grove hit the crossbar in the 41st minute.

U’s Manager Liam Gilbert had spoken about being more clinical, and this first-half performance epitomized that. The 227 fans at Court Place Farm had been spoiled rotten by United’s emphatic finishing and tenacity that sent them into the break with a four-goal lead.

Despite the score line, Rose Kite had her busiest 90 minutes yet this season. In the 56th minute, the U’s keeper tipped a long-range effort from Emily Owen on to the crossbar, this the third time Cheltenham had hit the woodwork.

Burridge had chances to score her hat trick, but it was Johns who struck next. The striker latched on to a through ball, was too fast for Courtney Jones, took her time and tucked the ball in for her brace and Oxford’s fifth.
The newly promoted Robinesses worked hard but may go away deflated having faced the brunt of an excellent Oxford performance. The U’s have now gone four games without conceding and have scored 12 goals.

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They now have a short break in Southern Premier Division action as they look ahead to the League Cup next weekend. The U’s have been drawn away to AFC Bournemouth Women next Sunday, the 11th of September.


UNITED
Kite, Stevens, Casley, Beaver, Provan, Haynes, Cole (Wynne, 86), Burridge (Gray, 81), King (Hartigan, 68), Johns (Joslyn, 81), Mclachlan

Attendance: 227
Report by Billy Lawrence

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